Grape har­vest­ing about to end

Azer News - - Business - By Sara Is­rafil­bay­ova

Since an­cient times, viti­cul­ture has been of great in­dus­trial im­por­tance in the agri­cul­ture of Azer­bai­jan. And to­day viti­cul­ture is con­sid­ered a pri­or­ity in­dus­try in im­prov­ing the eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try.

Over the past 10-15 years, modern grapes pro­cess­ing en­ter­prises have been built in Azer­bai­jan, the tech­ni­cal equip­ment of which al­lows them to com­pete even with the lead­ing Euro­pean man­u­fac­tures, since this sphere was given special at­ten­tion by the govern­ment, and a lot of in­vest­ments were at­tracted.

The govern­ment plans to in­crease the wine ex­ports five­fold by 2025, ac­cord­ing to the State Pro­gram for the De­vel­op­ment of Wine­mak­ing in Azer­bai­jan in 2018-2025, ap­proved by Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev on May 3.

Last year, over one mil­lion de­caliters of wine­mak­ing prod­ucts were pro­duced in Azer­bai­jan, of which 375,000 de­caliters were ex­ported. The main ex­port direc­tions of the Azer­bai­jani wine were Rus­sia (338,000 de­caliters) and China (27,000 de­caliters).

Rafael Mam­madov, Senior Lead­ing Ad­viser of the Eco­nomic De­part­ment of Jalil­abad Re­gion Ex­ec­u­tive Power said that grape har­vest­ing in Jalil­abad is about to end.

“This year 1,331 hectares of vine­yards have been planted in the re­gion and 9,920 tons of grapes were har­vested from this area,” he told Trend.

He went on to say that 801 hectares of 1,331 are grapes for table­cloth, while the re­main­ing 530 hectares are grown for tech­ni­cal pro­duc­tion.

Mam­madov stressed that among table grapes va­ri­eties in th­ese ar­eas are Sul­tani, Prima, Au­tumn Royal, Sar­doni and Mar­lon grapes, for tech­ni­cal pro­duc­tion, there are Pinot, Saper­avi, Caber­net, Moldovan, Tabrizi and Si­rah grapes, adding that it is planned to com­plete the har­vest by mid-Septem­ber.

Viti­cul­ture in Azer­bai­jan has an an­cient his­tory. The proof of this is that dur­ing the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ex­ca­va­tions con­ducted in Agh­stafa re­gion of Azer­bai­jan in 1962, grape seeds were found. Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal finds in Uz­er­lik­tepe, Kul­tepe and Gazakh ev­i­dence to the an­cient cul­ture of wine­mak­ing, which is go­ing back to the end of the III mil­len­nium BC.

In the 1980s the State Com­mit­tee for Viti­cul­ture of Azer­bai­jan oc­cu­pied the first place in the USSR, out­strip­ping the oil in­dus­try.

Wine­mak­ing is one of the prof­itable and his­tor­i­cal spheres of the agro-in­dus­try. About 210 winer­ies op­er­ated in Azer­bai­jan in the 1980s, while over 151,000 work­ers and spe­cial­ists worked in the wine­mak­ing sys­tem.

On the ter­ri­tory of Azer­bai­jan, both white and red wines are pro­duced. In par­tic­u­lar, most wines are pro­duced at the Khachmaz fac­tory. Hence the best white, red and pink wines are ex­ported to Rus­sia, Ukraine, the Baltic States, Poland, France, Spain, Turkey and China.

Among the most fa­mous va­ri­eties used in wine pro­duc­tion are Kish­mish, Bendi, Ga­mashara, Gizili, Marandi, White Shani, Alig­ote, Sau­vi­gnon, Mus­cat, Pinot, Ries­ling and oth­ers. In total, the state grows more than 450 va­ri­eties of grapevine.

To­day, the coun­try plans to open wine houses in dif­fer­ent coun­tries, and the first one opened in Urumqi, China on Septem­ber 2.

Azer­bai­jan Wine House will sup­port the ex­port of na­tional prod­ucts, ex­pand the vol­ume and ge­og­ra­phy of ex­ports, and pro­mote the Made in Azer­bai­jan brand in Chi­nese mar­ket.

The main ex­port destinations for Azer­bai­jani wine are Rus­sia (85 per­cent), China (7 per­cent), Europe, Be­larus and Kyr­gyzs­tan.

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